When the 2011 Asia Pacific Softball Regional Tournament unfolds Monday at the University of St. La Salle pitch, a familiar figure will be at the field with one of teams representing Philippines.
That man will be Hernando “Kulafu” Posadas, a multi-titled softball coach from Talisay City who steered the famous Domingo Lacson National High School softball girls to multiple Palarong Pambansa titles and impressive performances in the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Washington in 2004 and 2005.
Kulafu, as he is popularly known, made Negros Occidental proud as member of the Philippine softball team that finished third in the 1979 Softball World Cup in Canada.
He left the country in 2007 to accept the coaching job offered by the Indonesian government for its national men and women’s softball squads.
After his stint in Indonesia, he is back in the country and will be calling the play for the Muntinlupa Team that will represent the Philippines in the Major League division of the AsPac regional championship.
With the rest of the squad, Kulafu arrived yesterday morning in Bacolod City and had their first practice at the USLS field.
Included in the lineup of Muntinlupa are Kevyn Ann Lacson and Ma. Regina Uytiepo, whose roots are from Bacolod City. Kvynn Anne is the daughter of Bacoleño Steve Lacson, while Ma. Regina’s father is Joey Utiepo, also from Bacolod City.
The elder Lacson and Utiepo act as team managers of the Muntinlupa squad and they called on all Negrenses to watch and support all the teams representing the Philippines.
Other members of the Muntinlupa Major League team are Angela Caringal, Dharlene Dolleton, Lucia Lorenzo, Monica Martinez, Daniele Mensoza, Marianna Reyes, Jaime Luz San Juan and Alisha Vergara. Joy Lanting and Lito Pulgo will assist Posadas in the coaching task.
Meanwhile, it will be a home game for the DLNHS softball girls, who will be playing in the Juniors division, while Negrense players from Adamson University and Rizal Technological University will also banner the Manila Team that will don the national colors in the Big League category.*NAB
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